Occasionally it seems that world is in pure chaos with nothing making sense, but that doesn't matter as long as I can sew. Sewing is a form of art, or at the very least creativity, and a form of expression. A great outlet for the tension of everyday life. Also you can make cute things. The craft revolution is truly taking place, old skills are being revived by a new generation, but with a seriously modern twist.

I've made Mario pillow cases, a giraffe print background, and turned duvet covers into summer dresses. I enjoy making something unique, special, and me- then I like wearing it and watching it fall to pieces or not fit properly. Then I enjoy (slightly less) fixing it.

One day I shall have a room filled with glorious fabrics and boxes of notions, and on that day I will have found my nirvana. But until then this blog will exist as my virtual haberdashery and sewing room. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoy looking at other blogs, and you'll be inspire to make something of your own.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Pleated Work Skirt

I really needed a new work skirt but as usual was struggling to find anything I liked or fitted me properly.  So I bought some black fabric from the remnant bin for £3, and some cute anchor buttons 39p each so £2.34 for the 6 I bought.  I found a really useful tutorial for a pleated skirt with a great formula to help you work out  how much fabric you need for a pleated skirt.  Unfortunately I could not find my tape measure.  So I ignored the formula and just eyeballed some pleats in my rectangle of black fabric. 

It worked out fine.  After I pleated I tacked along the pleats, then folded some black fabric to make the waist band and sewed that on the top of the skirt (which at this point still looked like a rectangle).  I hemmed the edges of the fabric and sewed the buttons along the center edge, and button holes along the other.  I HATE button holes, and they look entirely crummy.  I hemmed the bottom of the skirt, and I was done.

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